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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  9 May 1980 (USA)
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Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.



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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Would you believe... Maxwell Smart goes undercover to expose a plot to make the world naked? See more »


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Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Maxwell Smart  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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The film was critically reviled and was a major box-office flop. See more »


During the fight, Max has a gas mask over his face. When he takes off Norman's mask, his own disappears from his face between shots. See more »


Sauvage: Calm down, dear Nino. I don't understand this outburst. You've become highly irrational since that explosion in your laboratory. You lost your eye, your arm, your leg, your larynx. What's wrong with you?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »


References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »


You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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Sometimes A Movie Seeks To Be Nothing More Than Simple Inane Fun!
6 January 2004 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Come on now, sometimes a movie seeks to be nothing more than simple inane fun! as is the case with The Nude Bomb. Let's face it you know going in this movie is farce it's just an enjoyable way to spend time you wanted desperately to waste anyway.

A movie about a dude in plumb paisley that wants to rule the world by creating a bomb that renders the world totally nude. Making the way clear for him to inflict his warped fashion sense on a now naked world get a grip its just fun. On the face of it the plot and the developer of the Nude Bomb sounds deliciously stereo-typical gay wanting to force feed a naked world his sense of high tone fashion.

However the movie is set in the hopelessly weird world of Control Agent number 86 Maxwell Smart and thats weirder than anything in gay life let me tell you. Max has to stop the nude bomb terror threat because, let's face it if the world was suddenly plunged into being seen in, "the all together", all the failings and small wonders of human civilization will be "exposed". Just think of the ugliest person you know now imagine you looking right at them when the first Nude Bomb hits... Yuck, gag me with a spoon. Now that I have you in a playful mood go buy the Nude Bomb movie and count your blessings if Agent 86 saves us from the Nude Bomb fright.

Of course the Nude Bomb would be great for the makers of Sport Utility Vehicle's if some men had to walk about nude because immense size and number of SUV's needed to rebuild shattered male ego's around the world would be huge.

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